yup·​pie ˈyə-pē How to pronounce yuppie (audio)
often capitalized
: a young college-educated adult who is employed in a well-paying profession and who lives and works in or near a large city
yuppiedom adjective
yuppieish adjective

Examples of yuppie in a Sentence

Her friends are just a bunch of yuppies.
Recent Examples on the Web Christmas Vacation excels best in the chaos, from Clark’s yuppie neighbors being perpetually tormented by him to the anarchic family dinners (blissfully unaware Aunt Bethany is our personal MVP). Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 12 Dec. 2023 Over the decades, Mr. Contant grew bitter about the volcanic upheaval in the East Village’s demographics, from hippie to yuppie. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 His albums assembled the bones of rock and roll into an idiosyncratic style coursing with disbelief at just about every aspect of the American zeitgeist: hippies, cars, college, drugs, California, and, eventually, yuppies. Daniel Felsenthal, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2023 Chandler was the yuppie of the group, with a well-paying white-collar job his friends did not entirely understand. Matt Stevens, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2023 In the ’80s and ’90s, branded Gucci and Chanel belt buckles served as signal flares for yuppie shoppers. Faran Krentcil, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2023 The building suited the neighborhood — a place popular with young families and yuppies that was still considered a bargain compared to other parts of Manhattan. Curbed, 2 Oct. 2023 Even Fox thinks that his yuppie alter ego, Alex Keaton, would have abandoned the GOP long before Trump and the Jan. 6 attack changed the face of the party. Brent Lang, Variety, 11 May 2023 From her teenage years as the daughter of a U.S. foreign service officer stationed in Baku, Azerbaijan to her corporate ascent as a yuppie at an energy company in Texas, Bunny reckons with her reliance on resources that may cause irreparable damage to the planet. Time, 31 July 2023

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Word History


probably from young urban professional + -ie

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yuppie was in 1980

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“Yuppie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppie. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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